Snell & Wilmer's Ray English Named One of Arizona's Most Influential Minority Business Leaders

PHOENIX - Arizonar -- Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Ray English, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been named one of Arizona's Most Influential Minority Business Leaders ( by AZ Big Media.

"The most influential minority business leaders of 2023 were chosen because of the impact they are having in changing the culture of Arizona's business community," says Michael Gossie, editor in chief for AZ Big Media, which publishes Az Business magazine. "These are individuals who see diversity, equity and inclusion as imperative, not as an initiative. Their leadership and efforts are strengthening both their companies and their communities."

English has a longstanding commitment to improving DEI in the legal profession, including serving on the Arizona Judicial Council's Commission on Diversity, Equality and Justice in the Judiciary and nationwide speaking engagements on issues such as implicit bias, anti-racism, and inclusion. In addition, he has been appointed to serve on the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Board of Directors, elected to the NALP Nominating Committee, and selected to present at the NALP Annual Education Conference on numerous occasions.

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Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, English was the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. He attended Wentworth Military Junior College and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate, receiving a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve. English received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. English served six years as a Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. Upon leaving the military, English was an Assistant Professor of Law teaching criminal law and litigation skills at the Appalachian School of Law. English then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the attorney/policy advisor for the Atlanta City Council and the Managing Director for a national legal staffing firm. Thereafter, he served as the Associate Director of Career Services at Georgia State University College of Law.

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About Snell & Wilmer

Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit (

Kaitlin Hart

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